Catholic Funeral Rite

"At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist." (Order of Christian Funerals, no. 4)

Funeral Liturgy

The funeral liturgy is the central liturgical celebration of the Christian community for the deceased. When one of its members dies, the Church encourages the celebration of the funeral liturgy at a Mass. When Mass cannot be celebrated, a funeral liturgy outside Mass can be celebrated at the church or in the funeral home.

At the funeral liturgy, the Church gathers with the family and friends of the deceased to give praise and thanks to God for Christ's victory over sin and death, to commend the deceased to God's tender mercy and compassion, and to seek strength in the proclamation of the Paschal Mystery. The funeral liturgy, therefore, is an act of worship, and not merely an expression of grief.

The Rite of Committal (Burial or Interment), the conclusion of the funeral rite, is the final act of the community of faith in caring for the body of its deceased member. It should normally be celebrated at the place of committal, that is, beside the open grave or place of interment. In committing the body to its resting place, the community expresses the hope that, with all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, the deceased awaits the glory of the resurrection. The Rite of Committal is an expression of the communion that exists between the Church on earth and the Church in heaven: the deceased passes with the farewell prayers of the community of believers into the welcoming company of those who need faith no longer, but see God face-to-face.

The clergy and your funeral director can assist in planning all aspects of your loved one’s funeral. Please contact the offices of the Blue Hills Collaborative to schedule a Funeral Liturgy, inquire about customary offerings, or receive any other information regarding funerals at our parishes.

Annual Memorial Masses for the Deceased

Each year, each of the parishes of the Blue Hills Collaborative conduct a Memorial Mass at one of the regular Sunday masses and invite family members of each of the persons whose funerals were conducted at each parish within the previous year.

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Mass Cards

We have Mass cards for both the living and deceased. If you would like to have Mass celebrated for a special intention, or for a recently deceased loved one, Mass cards are available at the Collaborative Center. The cost is $8.00 per card. People often take one with them to a wake, to let the family know that they are praying for them.

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